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Jared posted a article in Industry NewsIt seems that once every few months a random internet contest just completely screws itself up and starts spitting out all sorts of free stuff for consoles. Well apparently we were due for another one because Frito Lays just finished handing out a few hundred years of Xbox Live and thousands of free games out to people. The contest was simple. Buy two bags of any Frito Lays brand of chips, then enter the access codes onto their website to get two of three rewards. Two weeks of Xbox Live and the choice between The Maw or Toy Soldiers. While that seems simple enough, the contest holders forgot to include one simple block. Each chip bag code could be used an unlimited number of times. The resulting chaos ended earlier this morning with people pulling in dozens, some even possibly gaining hundreds of codes from the giveaway. I myself missed it as usual, but I managed to buy all three codes together for the low low price of one dollar, which actually beats the price of buying two bags of chips. If you're interested, the contest is still going at the link below, but you can't use any old codes anymore. Charge Your Fun
Leah posted a article in Industry NewsLast week, it was discovered that you were able to farm resources in Dead Space 3 with minimal effort. Considering that the game includes microtransactions to buy materials for crafting, many thought that this was some sort of glitch. However, EA has told GameFront that this exploit is actually intentional. "The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch. We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game. We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free. We“ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game." EA Public Relations representative, Jino Talens, also reminds us that the microtransaction system still exists "for those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly." What are your thoughts on this whole farming exploit/microtransaction fiasco around Dead Space 3?
Fans were not exactly pleased when it was announced that Dead Space 3 would include microtransactions. The in-game purchases allow for players to buy resources which are then used to upgrade weaponry. Spending real world money was not integral to crafting, but still bothered many due to even being included at all. As resources are simply accrued by playing the game, most gamers will probably not even attempt to make use of the in-game purchases. All the same, paying for better weapons without "earning" them is still a bit shady in many fan's minds. Those who want to abuse the system on principle are now able to (at least for a while). Fans who grabbed the game on day one have already figured out an easy way to farm resources with little effort. Basically, the " " just requires moving back and forth between two areas in the 8th chapter as resources will continually respawn there. This isn't something hackers broke the game over but simply a design choice that has been found to be fruitful for resource hogs. If it is felt that this invalidates the integrity of resources, or the possible purchase of them, then Dead Space 3 may see a patch altering the section so it no longer exhibits this behavior. Until then, if you're hoping to quickly upgrade all your stuff then head to Chapter 8 and farm away!